Today’s Guest: Robert Evans, film producer, The Godfather, Love Story, The Cotton Club, Chinatown
Watch the exclusive Mr. Media interview with legendary film producer Robert Evans, author, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” by watching the video player above!
Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of well-dressed bean counters who wouldn’t know a deal they couldn’t refuse even if Marlon Brando delivered it to them in person… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
Legendary (and notorious) Hollywood film producer Robert Evans spent his entire career searching for movie franchises that would change his life, first as an admittedly underwhelming leading man and later as the head of Paramount Studios.
Little did he know that Evans’ own life story would be one of the greatest tales he’d ever tell.
As they say in Hollywood, this one’s got everything: sex, drugs, celebrities, vast fortunes won and wasted, and yes, even murrrrder!
ROBERT EVANS podcast interview excerpt: “The American film has become the biggest export we make in this country. (Recognizing that) is the biggest thing that’s happened in the last 30 years.”
In his autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, Evans paints a picture of himself as a guy frequently touched by luck over the course of his career. Unfortunately, good fortune was often fleeting in his experience, usually for reasons of his own making.
The man who rescued Paramount Studios from the junk heap of cinematic history in the 1970s and 1980s by greenlighting Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, Marathon Man, and Urban Cowboy lived the life of ten mortal men.
The Kid Stays in the Picture — recently re-released on the 20th anniversary of its first publication — told juicy tales of dozens of Evans’ friends and conquests, including Mario Puzo, Erich Segal, Ali MacGraw, Henry Kissinger, Charles Bluhdorn, Marty Davis, Jack Nicholson and more.
And if you read the book at some point in the last two decades thinking there must be more stories to tell, you’d be correct.
In September, Evans’ long anticipated second memoir, The Fat Lady Sang, will be published. I’ve only read a short excerpt so far, but if the rest is as compelling as this tale of Congressman Jack Kennedy from 1949, it’s sure to be extremely popular.
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